Autonomous Robots

, Volume 34, Issue 3, pp 217–232

The ManyEars open framework

Microphone array open software and open hardware system for robotic applications
  • François Grondin
  • Dominic Létourneau
  • François Ferland
  • Vincent Rousseau
  • François Michaud
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10514-012-9316-x

Cite this article as:
Grondin, F., Létourneau, D., Ferland, F. et al. Auton Robot (2013) 34: 217. doi:10.1007/s10514-012-9316-x

Abstract

ManyEars is an open framework for microphone array-based audio processing. It consists of a sound source localization, tracking and separation system that can provide an enhanced speaker signal for improved speech and sound recognition in real-world settings. ManyEars software framework is composed of a portable and modular C library, along with a graphical user interface for tuning the parameters and for real-time monitoring. This paper presents the integration of the ManyEars Library with Willow Garage’s Robot Operating System. To facilitate the use of ManyEars on various robotic platforms, the paper also introduces the customized microphone board and sound card distributed as an open hardware solution for implementation of robotic audition systems.

Keywords

Open sourceSound source localizationSound source separationMobile roboticsUSB sound cardOpen hardwareMicrophone array

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • François Grondin
    • 1
  • Dominic Létourneau
    • 1
  • François Ferland
    • 1
  • Vincent Rousseau
    • 1
  • François Michaud
    • 1
  1. 1.IntRoLab – Intelligent, Interactive, Integrated Robotics LabInterdisciplinary Institute for Technological Innovation Université de SherbrookeSherbrookeCanada